TeleHealth News


April 27, 2017




    In the last week, two very important meetings took place that affect the way Telehealth and Telemedicine are practiced and promoted in the United States; The first meeting was that of the "Federation of State Medical Boards" and the other, "American Telemedicine Association".
    The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)' annual meeting was significant as its work on the "Interstate Medical Licensure Compact" directly affects the very practice of telemedicine (listen to the opening ceremony here). Without clear and undemanding national licensing, all efforts toward the real practice of telehealth will be difficult. The entire philosophy of Telehealth and Telemedicine is the ability to bring needed help to underserved and rural communities of our country. Many of these areas are across state lines, making the need for the 'Compact' essential.
    The other, even more urgent need for telehealth is the need for specialty medicine in many parts of the globe. According to " Orpha" and "Global Genes" websites, there are approximately 7,000 different rare diseases and disorders affecting more than 300 million people worldwide with only a few centers specializing in their treatment. Many in our own country facing the dilemma (see our article in Nov. 3, 2016 issue). The Compact would help the specialists in these centers care for patients everywhere. Fortunately FSMB is making progress in advancing the "Compact'. At the last week's meeting it was announced that Washington State Legislature just approved the Compact and it is on the governor's desk for his signature.
    The ATA's meeting just ended yesterday and we don't have all the latest news of what was achieved there. Although we do know that it was a very successful meeting indeed. Hopefully in next week's newsletter, we will be able to post the accomplishments.
    It is important to realize that these meetings and many others bring the importance of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education to the attention of tens of thousands of practitioners, regulators and legislatures. Our small world is getting ever more populated and despite the fact that we elect representatives to address the many shortfalls it faces, the challenges seem to mount rather than be solved. No place is this issue in more dire need of immediate attention than in healthcare. Many leaders in the field are working very hard on many fronts to resolve the problems. But they need help from all of us. Please take some time and visit the website of some of these organizations (see the link list bellow) and see where you maybe able to help. The future of our troubled world depends on what we can resolve today. [R. G.]


In the News:

Imtiaz Malik PA-C & Elizabeth Sheridan PA-C 
make the 'People on the Move' news
Albq Business Journal
Annual Rural Health Conference   May 9-12, 2017 San Diego, Calif.

ATA Conference - Take a look at conference highlights!

83% of Health Execs Likely to Invest in Telehealth This Year  
Health Leaders Media

In Remote Idaho, A Tiny Facility Lights The Way For Stressed Rural Hospitals  
Keiser Health News

Mexico eliminates trachoma, leading infectious cause of blindness  

Resistant Superbugs Meet Natural Foe in Phage Therapy  
Genetic Engineering News

For more relevant news checkout our website.


 Of Interest:

 Last Saturday [April 22] was Earth Day, and tomorrow is Arbor Day. These two days reminds us of the fragility of our planet and why we must strive to preserve and save it for our children and their children. 
"The Earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to."
                                                                                              Pope Francis

"Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand that I may be like you.  With your powers only can I face the winds."

Black Elk (1863 - 1950)
Oglala Sioux holy man


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Our neighbors in the rural communities tend to the earth and land that we all reap from. Lets keep them healthy so that they can keep us fed. Consider expanding your practice to the rural areas of our state through TeleHealth.

Ask us how.

Many state laws, including NM,
require insurance companies to
pay for TeleHealth consultation.


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Useful links:

American Telemedicine Association
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Con Alma Health Foundation
Directory of State Medical Boards
Federation of State Medical Boards
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Broadband Program
New Mexico Department of Health
New Mexico First
NM Health Resources
NM legislature
Upcoming NM Legislative meetings
NM Medical Board
NM Rural Hospital Network
UNM Center for Telehealth
UNM Project ECHO
World Health Organization (WHO)


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